Boxes vs. Bags – 3 Things to Consider when Packaging Goods

Your packaging choice is an often overlooked but extremely important part of your business.  As the premier company for all your packing and crating needs, we would like to share the following 3 things to consider when packaging goods.

Transportation

The most important factor that will determine your packaging choice should be transportation.  If you are shipping goods a long distance it is important to fit a large amount of product on each pallet.  Your packaging choice should be as light and compact as possible to keep weight and bulk to a minimum.

Boxes are lightweight and can be easily stacked.  Boxes can also be easily manufactured to fit the dimensions of your product.  However, you may need to provide extra protection on both inside and outside the box to prevent any damage that may occur during the shipping process.

Bags are easily compressed and take up far less space than a box.  Vacuum packing or adding air can provide the necessary protection needed during shipping.  You will need an extra layer of outside protection or some type of tertiary container to place the bags.

Sustainability

Sustainability is quickly becoming one of the determining factors for consumers when it comes to buying products.  Many consumers want reusable or recyclable packing materials which means that your packing decisions should be sustainable.

Boxes are easy to break down and are recyclable and reusable.  Bags on the other hand can be great to seal in freshness and protect from the elements but may not be very environmentally friendly.  There are some biodegradable options available if bags are your only shipping option.    

Prestige

There is a reason why they are called “unboxing” videos and not “unbagging” videos.  There is definitely something more special about opening up a box and removing an item from a well packed inner layer.  It indicates that more care and thought has gone into the product and its presentation.  Whereas opening an air-filled bag and removing a product just feels a little less special.

The type of product you are shipping and the type of product you are selling will determine your packaging choice.  If your main clientele is looking for a higher end product and environmentally conscious, a cardboard box with sustainable packaging should be your packaging choice even if your shipping costs are a little higher.

If the product you are shipping needs to be fresh or must be protected from the elements, then a plastic protective layer or bag may be essential to the quality of the item.  If you are still unsure about what the best option for your packed goods is, please contact us today.  We would love to help you with your shipping needs, questions and concerns.  We look forward to hearing from you soon.

 

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